P.S. I’m not a fervent fan of poetry, but my favorite artist Lily posted this for her dog Mac. It’s beautiful, and fitting, and well, I’ve read it many times today.
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
–William Wordsworth, 1807
Sometimes I like to stop by Myer’s Bagels after sunrise yoga, especially in the winter. Myer’s Bagels is tucked behind this almost alleyway, and for the longest time I didn’t know where their store was actually located (they sell the bagels at our local grocery). Their bagels are wood-fired, and it’s such a warm and cozy environment inside. I have to sneak a picture of them making the bagels because they tease me too much in there. One time they made me climb over the counter and stand near the fire and be in the photo. After waking up and rolling out of bed at 5 a.m. – ha, no thanks! My favorite order: egg, cheese, turkey sausage on a Montreal Spice bagel.
Old eye glasses/New eye glasses.
You can’t really tell in that photo, but last night my eye glasses literally cracked in half on one side. They were old – 8 years old, ha. Every time I thought about buying a new pair, I realized I’d rather buy a plane ticket. Anyway! Long long long overdue, and since I have clinically dry eyes and swim (chlorine, meh), I needed a new pair ASAP. I literally ran to a store downtown on my lunch hour all by myself and bought a new pair in like 10 minutes. Old ones were Ray-Ban, who knows what style; new ones are Barton Perreira’s Patsy in ‘Gypsy Rose’. Since I’ve never bought a pair of glasses alone and am indecisive on another level, I felt like superwoman. Of course, selfies were sent to the fam, and Merlin thinks they are a new toy.
For the past month, I’ve pretty much just walked for exercise or I’ve done absolutely nothing but lie on my couch and listen to podcasts because of a cold, but one of the things I like about the New Year is getting back into a winter workout routine. This used to be the time I’d start marathon training for Vermont’s May marathon, which I can’t do any longer. I’ve got to keep a pretty low-impact exercise routine because of my feet – walking/swimming/yoga/biking – which I’m actually enjoying more than I thought I would, but I’d like to focus on a long-term fitness goal this year, so I’m aiming to be able to swim across Lake Champlain come summer! I’m marking my words, here, on the ol’ blogosphere.
Sunday 1/11: Yoga, 90 min class.
Monday 1/12: Active rest day.
Tuesday 1/13: Swimming class! First class/first time back in the pool in 2015. It’s a distance class, so we’re working on upping the amount of time spent in the pool. Last semester my classes were 45 minutes, but this semester our class is once a week for 1 hr 40 minutes.
300 yd swim
200 yd kick
300 yd pull
3 rounds of the following set:
3-50 yd fist freestyle
2-75 yd (3-5-7 stroke breathing)
100 yd getting faster with each 25
100 yd scull
4-50 yd high-elbow freestyle drills
100 yd freestyle
Total yards: 2, 625
Wednesday 1/14: Sunrise yoga, 60 minute class. Zumba, 60 minute class, after work with a coworker. It was free week at UVM’s gym, so I thought I’d try it out. My coworker is obsesssssed.
Thursday 1/15: Ice skating @ lunch! Zumba, 60 minute class, again for a second night.
Friday 1/16: Sunrise yoga, 60 minute class.
Saturday 1/17: 8 mile hike up Treadway Mt in the ADKs with friends and the cutest pup named Ringo.
We were going to snowshoe, but the snow wasn’t that deep, so we decided to just use our new micro-spikes. I had never hiked in the winter in spikes, and my winter hiking has been revolutionized. It’s amazing: so much faster and less clunky than snowshoeing. I’m a huge huge huge fan. These are the ones I bought here.
It was -12 degrees F when we started. Here’s my frozen smile:)
But the sun was shining and we eventually warmed up and the entire hike was awesome. We got to trek across a frozen pond to get to the trail for Mt. Treadway, which was so cool.
This was a blast and I really need to do it more often.
A coworker spent the holidays in Guatemala and brought me back some chili-spiced chocolates. I ate all of them before I could take a picture, but I adore this chocolate box. I’ve decided it’s too pretty to toss. And if I ever had a chocolate shop, I think the name Chocola la la is beyond cool.
And I finally got the last of my paperwork finished up from Japan! That only took a year and a half (whoa), but I still got a little nostalgic when I saw my old hanko and checkbook and bank card. My Japanese supervisor also included some Japanese sweets, and in complete Japanese-style, they are packaged so gosh-darn pretty and the candies themselves are itty bitty.
They looked like teeny tiny flowers and tasted like Sweet Tarts!